Fasting and Praying for Peace

When Pope Francis issued his call for people to set aside September 7 to fast and pray for peace in Syria, I found myself tempted to dismiss it as a predictable and idealistic response to a disturbingly complex situation. I had to knock down a few cynical arguments in my head (“Right, because God...

But I Was Here First

Matthew’s parable of the Vineyard Workers (20:1-15) is hard to hear and even harder to preach about. It’s about the guy who hires workers at progressively later times, but everybody winds up getting the same pay. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? I flew home from Dallas early last Sunday morning because I...

Things You Say

A few weeks ago, some old friends rolled through town on their way to the Appalachian missions. You can see them in the featured image, left to right: Sister Pat Himmer, Sister Ann Redig, and Sister Marcan Freking—all Rochester Franciscans—accompanied by Glenmary Brother Dennis Craig. My wife, Cathy, and...

Solidarity Revisited

“Pope Francis denounces corruption and a culture of selfishness and individualism, while calling for a culture of solidarity.” With these words, Catholic News Service summed up Pope Francis’ visit to one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious slums, Varginha, where the pope reminded the people:  “You...

Black and White: A Tale of Two Futures

Last week the country rocked, in some small way, with the announcement of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida. Everyone knows the reported details, the volunteer guard (28 years old; mixed-race Hispanic) following and confronting the teenaged African...

Why We Care About Nelson Mandela

Today’s guest blogger is Fr. David Moczulski, OFM. He was for many years involved with the friars’ Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation and is now a hospital chaplain in Pittsburgh. My earliest real remembrance of Nelson Mandela, apart from the media, was from Sr. Berchmans, a...

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